These are the asteroids to worry about

Stephen Hawking thought an asteroid impact posed the greatest threat to life on Earth. Thanks to Kiwico for sponsoring this video. For 50% off your first month of any crate, go to kiwico.com/veritasium50
For other potential world ending catastrophes, check out Domain of Science: ve42.co/DoS
Special thanks to:
Prof. Dave Jewitt from UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
Prof. Mark Boslough from Sandia National Labs
Scott Manley: nlcameras.info
Ryan Wyatt at Morrison Planetarium
Prof. Amy Mainzer
Alexandr Ivanov for the opening shot of Chelyabinsk Meteor
Maps of Asteroid Impacts -ve42.co/Map
Time passing animation from Universe Sandbox - universesandbox.com/
Opposition Effect - ve42.co/Belskaya2000
Belskaya, I. N., & Shevchenko, V. G. (2000). Opposition effect of asteroids. Icarus, 147(1), 94-105.
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - ve42.co/Perna2013
Perna, D., Barucci, M. A., & Fulchignoni, M. (2013). The near-Earth objects and their potential threat to our planet. The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, 21(1), 65.
Survey of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - ve42.co/NEOSurvey
Population Vulnerability - ve42.co/Rumpf2017
Rumpf, C. M., Lewis, H. G., & Atkinson, P. M. (2017). Population vulnerability models for asteroid impact risk assessment. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52(6), 1082-1102.
Size distribution of NEOs - ve42.co/Trilling17
Trilling, D. E., Valdes, F., Allen, L., James, D., Fuentes, C., Herrera, D., ... & Rajagopal, J. (2017). The size distribution of near-earth objects larger than 10 m. The Astronomical Journal, 154(4), 170.
2020 NEOWISE Data Release - ve42.co/NEOWISE
National Research Council Report- ve42.co/Defending
Board, S. S., & National Research Council. (2010). Defending planet earth: Near-Earth-Object surveys and hazard mitigation strategies. National Academies Press.
Tug Boat - ve42.co/Schweickart03
Schweickart, R. L., Lu, E. T., Hut, P., & Chapman, C. R. (2003). The asteroid tugboat. Scientific American, 289(5), 54-61.
Gravity Tractor 1 - ve42.co/Lu05
Lu, E. T., & Love, S. G. (2005). Gravitational tractor for towing asteroids. Nature, 438(7065), 177-178.
Laser Ablation - ve42.co/Thiry14
Thiry, N., & Vasile, M. (2014). Recent advances in laser ablation modelling for asteroid deflection methods. SPIE Optical Engineering+ Applications, 922608-922608.
Yarakovsky Effect - ve42.co/Yara
DART Mission - ve42.co/DART
Nuclear 1 - ve42.co/Ahrens92
Ahrens, T. J., & Harris, A. W. (1992). Deflection and fragmentation of near-Earth asteroids. Nature, 360(6403), 429-433.
Nuclear 2 - ve42.co/Bradley10
Bradley, P. A., Plesko, C. S., Clement, R. R., Conlon, L. M., Weaver, R. P., Guzik, J. A., ... & Huebner, W. F. (2010, January). Challenges of deflecting an asteroid or comet nucleus with a nuclear burst. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1208, No. 1, pp. 430-437). American Institute of Physics.
Researched and Written by Petr Lebedev, Jonny Hyman and Derek Muller
3D animations, VFX, SFX, Audio Mixing by Jonny Hyman
2D animation by Ivàn Tello
Intro animation by Nicolas Pratt
With Filming by Raquel Nuno
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  1. david mainord

    david mainord

    9 uur geleden

    To busy, To greedy, to do something about the asteroids to busy taking money from the mayor of Moscow's wife ore the chines

  2. Snips06_

    Snips06_

    14 uur geleden

    poor dinosaurs

  3. Alexander Tchourbanov

    Alexander Tchourbanov

    15 uur geleden

    His dad

  4. koen Armstrong

    koen Armstrong

    15 uur geleden

    I’m here because I had a dream last night that central Africa got hit by an asteroid but I could feel it in Canada and it was totally exaggerated cuz the earth started spinning faster and I could see the light from the explosion and it felt like we were knocked off earths orbit. It was literally the scariest dream I’ve ever had so now I’m obsessing about it

  5. Sir Miles

    Sir Miles

    18 uur geleden

    You need to read the Bible son!!! You are confused! Repent Be baptized everyone of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

  6. Adrian Fuentes

    Adrian Fuentes

    19 uur geleden

    What agplens if there is a asteroid that could end life Me who just watched salvation: Idk ma could be a HuMiNg BiRd

  7. Zane Hovey

    Zane Hovey

    Dag geleden

    There's a major part left out, the reason the Barringer event was so devastating, given it's small size, was BECAUSE it was iron. Had it been a stony rubble pile, there would be nothing there today. Quite a difference. So a city-sized or 800m iron meteor would be enough to cause the deaths of half the planet by the time all damage from nuclear winter, economic (imagine a Great Depression x4 in depth and world-wide), starvation, disease, etc, is factored in.

  8. Rakha Zacky

    Rakha Zacky

    Dag geleden

    THERE IS AN INVISIBLE HAND, ADJUSTING THE SOLAR SYSTEM

  9. VOID

    VOID

    Dag geleden

    Is the biggest meteor 1 Ceres?

  10. John Levitte

    John Levitte

    Dag geleden

    WATCH MAY 26TH A TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE BLOOD MOON, ALSO IT WILL BE AT THE OPENING OF THE 6TH SEAL IN REVELATION. THE KEY WORD IS THE ( SUN ) A LUNAR ECLIPSE IS OF THE SUN ,A SOLAR ECLIPSE IS OF THE MOON .MAY 26TH THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD ,HIS WRATH, THERE FOR LISTEN FOR THE SHOFAR/TRUMPET ,IN APRIL ,THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST FOR HIS CHURCH HIS BRIDE, AMOS 3:7 AMEN

  11. join the fist 10

    join the fist 10

    Dag geleden

    Alright guys. We are moving underwater.

  12. Jan Terrell

    Jan Terrell

    Dag geleden

    Shalom, I Will Have To Differ With You, On How Planets Are Formed. I Am Not A Scientist, But I See Planets As "Debris" From The Sun. Much Like Being In The Debris Trail Of A Comet. Not Enough Time To Throughly Discuss, But There Are " Oceans" Of Water In The Sun. It Is Just Too Hot , For The Molecules To Bond. Thanks For Reading, Virgin Mary Of Fatima Undercover Universe Agent For Jesus Christ The Bright And Morning Star Lucifer

  13. Same Old Fit Up - Wahrheit Politische Verfolgung

    Same Old Fit Up - Wahrheit Politische Verfolgung

    Dag geleden

    “Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?”― Tennessee Williams..

  14. Josep Bernet Vallès

    Josep Bernet Vallès

    Dag geleden

    1988 circulaba por tramo de autovía N 340 desde Tarragona a Barcelona cerca del barranco de Llevant en la primera ciudad,y en dirección la ermita del Loreto aprecie la caída de un aerolito. Cayó en vertical,, cómo era pleno día aprecié su masa negra,humo negro detrás de su masa y luego humo blanco,No pude ver más al tener lomas enfrente.Posiblemente cayose al mar a la altura de Roda de Bera o así.La masa que aprecie fue como la cabeza de una cerilla.Ningun comentario en prensa.

  15. Petar Stevanovic

    Petar Stevanovic

    Dag geleden

    Približno mi poznato.!

  16. EQOAnostalgia

    EQOAnostalgia

    Dag geleden

    Yeah i don't worry about things outside of my control. I lay it on the Lord.

  17. MasterTofu Melissa

    MasterTofu Melissa

    Dag geleden

    That one moment I realise that any hundred metre meteor/asteroid would completely obliterate my entire country. Ah well, now I'm panicking.

  18. LSCB The seer

    LSCB The seer

    Dag geleden

    He asked what could we do if a BIG ASS SPACE ROCK COMES AND HITS US ....what would u do if u WAS ODE FEININ FOR ICE CREAM ON A HOT SUMMER DAY AND U DROP IT .......... NOTHING U SIT THERE AND LIFE IS OVER 😐

    • LSCB The seer

      LSCB The seer

      Dag geleden

      That got dark sorry 😅😂

  19. Maria Fe Bofill

    Maria Fe Bofill

    Dag geleden

    Let asteroid enjoy travel around the earth🧐

  20. marta abram

    marta abram

    2 dagen geleden

    Its not 2020

  21. C1apifi3d Games

    C1apifi3d Games

    2 dagen geleden

    Well asteroids were dangerous.. Until Flex tape came along.

  22. Dan Pierce

    Dan Pierce

    2 dagen geleden

    THAT WILL HIT IN NEXT 25 YEARS BY 100% TRUE PRODICTION FROM BLAIN VANGA.FROM BULGARIA.

    • J. B.

      J. B.

      2 dagen geleden

      Yeah sure mate. See ya in 25 years

  23. george silivestru

    george silivestru

    2 dagen geleden

    if dinosaurs were exterminated by such a large asteroid, where is the trace of that asteroid? I guess it must be a huge one

    • J. B.

      J. B.

      2 dagen geleden

      Where do you think the hole between Mexico and the U.S. came from ?

  24. Jakub Holáň

    Jakub Holáň

    2 dagen geleden

    I think a 10km impactor could still come from the Oort cloud, so the probability there is not really zero.

  25. Omaha Patrick A. Bullock

    Omaha Patrick A. Bullock

    2 dagen geleden

    Puny humans.

  26. Snow Flake

    Snow Flake

    2 dagen geleden

    I feel bad for dinosaur 😔😭

    • Snow Flake

      Snow Flake

      2 dagen geleden

      Imagine if u were dinosaur

  27. Géry Pankratz

    Géry Pankratz

    2 dagen geleden

    Oh yes

  28. Damien Lopez-Barraza

    Damien Lopez-Barraza

    2 dagen geleden

    try a bunker the ones that where made in like 1983

    • Damien Lopez-Barraza

      Damien Lopez-Barraza

      2 dagen geleden

      thay are for thing like nuks

  29. drgndstryr

    drgndstryr

    2 dagen geleden

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  30. Roblox_brother157

    Roblox_brother157

    2 dagen geleden

    Imagine kim jong un making astreoids and using it for future wars..

  31. Vanessa Vicente

    Vanessa Vicente

    2 dagen geleden

    E o Sincronismo? 11:12

  32. AFS NATION

    AFS NATION

    3 dagen geleden

    How about apophis

  33. Toni Toni

    Toni Toni

    3 dagen geleden

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  34. Ricky Foos

    Ricky Foos

    3 dagen geleden

    How about splashing it with white paint so the sun would change its trajectory?

  35. Ricky Foos

    Ricky Foos

    3 dagen geleden

    My family visited the Arizona crater in 50s. We all knew and the tourist office also said that it was a meteor crater. Never heard anyone suggest it was a result of a volcano.

  36. olden creek

    olden creek

    3 dagen geleden

    I was hoping for a small up-to-date catalogue and review of asteroids such as the "Apophis" one. Didn't get one.

  37. Kent Sorensen

    Kent Sorensen

    3 dagen geleden

    this is Science?

  38. Kasia Wolska

    Kasia Wolska

    3 dagen geleden

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  39. S Aydin

    S Aydin

    3 dagen geleden

    Thank you...

  40. redplague

    redplague

    3 dagen geleden

    Title is misleading.

  41. Manny Norton

    Manny Norton

    3 dagen geleden

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  42. XX_JAJUAN_XX 105

    XX_JAJUAN_XX 105

    3 dagen geleden

    We could probably get diving equipment and when the asteroid hit and go in the the middle of the ocean and dive into the water (ik yall are smarter but it was my idea)

  43. Panda Magnum

    Panda Magnum

    3 dagen geleden

    18:28 like a Pandamic for example..

  44. Leo-Han Robert

    Leo-Han Robert

    3 dagen geleden

    I don't want to die

  45. sid

    sid

    3 dagen geleden

    imagine if mars collides into earth

  46. Jan Kadivec

    Jan Kadivec

    4 dagen geleden

    But if we lonch a megnet it vill turn a astroid becou it' s iron

  47. Mine Steve

    Mine Steve

    4 dagen geleden

    Were very lucky that even if a hundred meter meteor hit us, there is a Absolute Zero percent chance it could hit a major city

  48. Ntuj Qub Qab

    Ntuj Qub Qab

    4 dagen geleden

    I wanna see once before I die

  49. Masterhands

    Masterhands

    4 dagen geleden

    didn't Nova use some of the footage of the chicxulub meteriorite in one of there documenturies

  50. Shadi Abohosen

    Shadi Abohosen

    4 dagen geleden

    thanks ...it's a great project

  51. Pam Cervantes

    Pam Cervantes

    4 dagen geleden

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  52. Frustrated Student

    Frustrated Student

    4 dagen geleden

    But why can't other nations send missiles to hit 1-2km asteroids by tracing it's trajectory when they are closer to Earth(Like when they are just above Earth surface) It will atleast minimize the focused damge ryt? 🤔🤨🧐

    • J. B.

      J. B.

      2 dagen geleden

      @Frustrated Student Possibly but it depends when we found it, how close it is, where it is going and that is IF our predictions are correct. Also it could send many small asteroids . But then again I'm not a meteorologist

    • Frustrated Student

      Frustrated Student

      2 dagen geleden

      @J. B. but isn't it a gud sol n ?

    • J. B.

      J. B.

      2 dagen geleden

      Its not that simple

  53. domic dom

    domic dom

    5 dagen geleden

    This planet can go at anytime and left remaining in the universe are trillions of other planets exactly like ours but each planet will have humans that speak different languages, wear different hair styles and clothes, and have different rock and pop bands, and different movies and videogames.

  54. Smooth Move

    Smooth Move

    5 dagen geleden

    Now I want a T-Rex skull.

  55. HYP3 X GAMER

    HYP3 X GAMER

    5 dagen geleden

    You only get to live once so make the best of it we can die at any minute keep safe

  56. Alan White

    Alan White

    5 dagen geleden

    So, you are telling me that the big bang took place BILLIONS of years ago, and this piece of rock/metal is part of a planet from that explosion... soooo, that little rock has been floating around the universe for BILLIONS OF YEARS?!? Your brain is fried, man.

    • J. B.

      J. B.

      2 dagen geleden

      Its a rock floating in space, its not like it needs water or food to survive. Also a lot of planets collided and are colliding even now . You have your brain fried, except if I'm completely wrong which i don't think so

  57. Gilbert Grape

    Gilbert Grape

    5 dagen geleden

    I love when they say "this asteroid is about 4.5 billions years old." Like they know the actual age of the rock. Not 2, not 3, not 5 billions years old...4.5. Lol.

    • Jordan Coalandz

      Jordan Coalandz

      5 dagen geleden

      They count the candles on its cake bruh

  58. mingmingarmy7006

    mingmingarmy7006

    5 dagen geleden

    Reminds me about the Colossal titan kicking a hole in the wall Imao

  59. Jesse Hernandez

    Jesse Hernandez

    5 dagen geleden

    If you're reading this you made it to 2021. You are blessed 🙏

  60. Cool Masters

    Cool Masters

    5 dagen geleden

    Dont worry superman will save the day

  61. Gind gind

    Gind gind

    5 dagen geleden

    "There are roughly a thousand one kilometer asteroids, and they're still capable of doing a lot of damage ". Me: flex tape

  62. Waldel Martell

    Waldel Martell

    5 dagen geleden

    I don't know why but I want to mine the sh out of these asteroids, the amount of resources must be tremendous !!

  63. recklesswhisper

    recklesswhisper

    5 dagen geleden

    I'm interested in that T-Rex head! Where can I get one! ^..^~~

  64. Philipp Muller

    Philipp Muller

    5 dagen geleden

    am scared now

  65. SpaceIL12 N

    SpaceIL12 N

    6 dagen geleden

    cool

  66. Niko

    Niko

    6 dagen geleden

    14:25 "and, this could happen tomorrow?" *[softly] don't...*

  67. Anton S

    Anton S

    6 dagen geleden

    Nuking an asteroid should not be disregarded. I believe it's the most viable approach and doing in near proximity to Earth's atmosphere would prevent the chunks from clumping back together, allowing a greater surface area of Earth's atmosphere to burn the chunks.

  68. MrBeast ׂ

    MrBeast ׂ

    6 dagen geleden

    I feel sad when thinking about how dinosaurs would have felt back then...

    • Mystical Mangos

      Mystical Mangos

      5 dagen geleden

      Lmao nice name.

  69. Greek Olives Poker

    Greek Olives Poker

    6 dagen geleden

    Way more intense than my pocket ace asteroid video. 😳

    • J. B.

      J. B.

      2 dagen geleden

      Άμα έχεις αγγλικούς τίτλους στα βίντεο είναι καλύτερο να αλλάξεις και το όνομα σου

  70. the Vik vids

    the Vik vids

    6 dagen geleden

    Chee leb enz

  71. The lava kid 2.0

    The lava kid 2.0

    6 dagen geleden

    Wow

  72. Eril Cruz

    Eril Cruz

    6 dagen geleden

    😭😭😭😭😭🌏🌒☄️

  73. enterprise59

    enterprise59

    6 dagen geleden

    So, basically this video and others like it, are fear mongering.. right? Maybe we all need to just dig a hole, and hide. Shut down our cars, our manufacturing, quit our jobs cause that causes all sorts of stiff and just HIDE.. right?

  74. Miekayla jealayne Valenzuela

    Miekayla jealayne Valenzuela

    6 dagen geleden

    Well the aphopis in 2013 didn't really hit anything

  75. PollutedMINDS

    PollutedMINDS

    6 dagen geleden

    Why worry about things you can’t control

  76. Even Luis

    Even Luis

    6 dagen geleden

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  77. Zoomie the Gaming AI

    Zoomie the Gaming AI

    6 dagen geleden

    WHAHHHHHHH WHY WAS THIS NOT ON MAINSTREAM NEWS

    • Dan Deeteeyem

      Dan Deeteeyem

      4 dagen geleden

      Does Ronald Reagan's address to the United Nations back in the 80's make sense now? People laughed at the star wars programme and thought he was talking about aliens. Dude knew what's coming..

  78. darek klich

    darek klich

    6 dagen geleden

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  79. Owen Marshall

    Owen Marshall

    6 dagen geleden

    He's lucky that god didn't get any ideas

  80. LucidTrip

    LucidTrip

    6 dagen geleden

    I would simply intervene

  81. Sissy B

    Sissy B

    6 dagen geleden

    Hopefully an undercover bomb to land on CHINA!

  82. TruthSeeker94 112

    TruthSeeker94 112

    6 dagen geleden

    The ONLY thing I can say is... Sometimes, it IS aliens. Closer and closer to disclosure, CIA put out like 5600 redacted docs

  83. Thomas W.glasgow

    Thomas W.glasgow

    7 dagen geleden

    so they missed the one over Russia , funny that , aye !

  84. Acid Drive

    Acid Drive

    7 dagen geleden

    The main thing that scares me about this presentation is at the end where he describes Christmas as 'the holidays'. The end of the world might be a few years off but the end of common sense is already here.

  85. Jake Ford

    Jake Ford

    7 dagen geleden

    Comet's?

  86. AchievedHeaven

    AchievedHeaven

    7 dagen geleden

    Stop thinking about bad things and worrying all your life lets enjoy our life until we really die

  87. Rahul Malik

    Rahul Malik

    7 dagen geleden

    Guys relax, y'all gonna forget this in two days.

  88. basildon dave

    basildon dave

    7 dagen geleden

    Where is Bruce Willis when you need him? Surely it striking the ocean is worse that striking the land?!

  89. martalex sin

    martalex sin

    7 dagen geleden

    Holland Taylor

  90. DIY Hamster World

    DIY Hamster World

    7 dagen geleden

    Hello I love your video so much🔰🌻🍎🍍🌺🐹

  91. Gasper Antony

    Gasper Antony

    7 dagen geleden

    O man

  92. UJJAL 018 B R E A C H E R

    UJJAL 018 B R E A C H E R

    7 dagen geleden

    just need to fire nuclear weapon on them cause nuclear weapons are invented to get rid of those not war

  93. KurtSandford

    KurtSandford

    7 dagen geleden

    An asteroid would probably hit the water though

  94. SuperThunderGoodGuy

    SuperThunderGoodGuy

    7 dagen geleden

    This documentary was so interesting. It’s so important to learn about astronomy. And so fascinating.

    • Mystical Mangos

      Mystical Mangos

      5 dagen geleden

      Its soooooo cool

  95. Spaghettibender

    Spaghettibender

    8 dagen geleden

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  96. SABean RPuff

    SABean RPuff

    8 dagen geleden

    Last time I was watching or of this I woke up to formula drift so I’m down

  97. simon moreno

    simon moreno

    8 dagen geleden

    here we go 2021 trailer

  98. SHAN ROBLOX GAMING

    SHAN ROBLOX GAMING

    8 dagen geleden

    Thats why we need to take care the mother earth

  99. Abs Supreme

    Abs Supreme

    8 dagen geleden

    Hahahahaha fake

    • Owen Marshall

      Owen Marshall

      6 dagen geleden

      Ya wannabe naruto profile I bet you are one of those flat earthers or just joking

  100. Bryan Goldfield

    Bryan Goldfield

    8 dagen geleden

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